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Old April 30th, 2011, 06:59 PM
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Stereo Wiring: ROW

I just got a Tuffy box and am planning a stereo install, which I haven't done in more than 15 years. I read through all of the threads on stereo wiring, but most of it addresses issues in NAS versions.

Since there was no stereo installed when I got it, I can't backwards engineer this, so I'm wondering if anybody has any insight. I have a pretty sweet dash wiring setup in my Land Rover, see attached. The rats-nest on the left is for the cigar lighter and clock (me thinks), wondering if the harness thing above the clock is intended for the stereo, and if so, what stereo harness would plug into that?
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The harness above should give you an earth, permanent (memory) 12v and a switches ign 12v. failing that, the cigarette lighter will be ign controlled.

you'll have to run some speaker wires in though.
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The stock harness should have a black plug, at least mine did, that has the two power feed's (2) and two speaker feed's (4). If you do not have them then you could get the constant power feed off the clock and the switched power feed off the cigarette lighter. I have always put additional fuses in line just to make sure.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 08:56 AM
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Thanks to both. That helps, I'll pick up some fuses to wire in if the harness doesn't work.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 10:14 AM
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I ran all new lines for my stereo, speakers and amp with inline fuses. I installed the stereo in a MUD console and ran wires through the bulkhead.

The only wire I didn't find was the accessory circuit that allows the stereo to only come on when the truck is on. So as it is, I need to make sure and turn off the stereo so it doesn't drain the battery.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 02:06 PM
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I went with the re-wiring solution straight to the battery. Electro question: if my head unit has a 10AMP fuse in it, there is no need to add an extra in-line fuse, correct?
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I always put one in line no matter what. it is inexpensive insurance.
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Yes, put a fuse in the line as close to the battery as you can. If the wire rubs against something and shorts in between the battery and the radio, nothing will be there to keep it from becoming red hot and melting/smoking/starting a carbeque.
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makes sense - thanks to you both.
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Maybe I am too late, but I put a fuse box in the battery compartment holding 6 fuses, and a negative block next to it with 6 connections.

My radio is hooked there , as well as my 2 aux lighter sockets, cb radio
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